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The Christmas Queen

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Christmas Queen
I know, I know I haven’t updated in like forever. Honestly, this year has been hell and it basically killed my motivation to do art. I also have another real excuse of ‘Dress Them Up’ my fashion blog.  I have been busy trying to build that into a business and it’s sort of took over my life.

I honestly don’t know if this is a comeback, I hope it is. I was just in the Christmas spirit and I was inspired.

Inspiration Artist Mirella Santana

Inspiring Artists: Mirella Santana

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When comes to digital art, especially photo manipulation I can say what a lot of conviction that Brazilian Artist Mirella Santana is the best in the business.  If you walk down any bookstore, especially the urban paranormal romance, or young adult isles, many of the covers on the books there were made by Santana.  Santana has worked with both best-selling authors and well-known photographers.  I know from personal experience that every writer that has hired her just sings her praises.  And rightly so, every piece Santana makes is beautiful and unique.

“Freelance digital artist, specializing in creating cinematographic arts. Graduated in Marketing, born in Bahia – Brazil. I have worked for various independent publishers and best sellers authors. I also work for photographers from around the world, creating manipulations with all thematic (fantasy, dark, sci­fi, romance, glamorous, classic style… etc).”

Mirella Santana’s Website.

When I look at Santana’s career and her art, I know that is the type of artist I want to be one day.  I know I’m gushing right now, but Santana is diffidently the Artist who I look up to and who I admire the most right now in the digital art industry.  If I know if I’m even half as successful as she is in both craftsmanship and financial success then I know that I have made it.  You can follow Mirella Santana on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, DeviantArt and LinkedIn.

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Hello Landscapes!

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Note: Artwork was done by thommas68

So it’s been a year since I started on this path to being a professional artist. And I think my biggest issues is that I didn’t challenge myself enough. So recently, I have decided to branch out of my comfort zone of doing art that includes beautiful women. I wanted to do landscapes, I tried landscaped eight months ago, because I was inspired by this speedart by CreativeStation

And I failed miserably. I can’t even show the result because I rage quit in pure frustration. Thinking back on that now, I realized that I started out way too big. I was like an amateur who never ran marathon trying to run a marathon for the first time.  So I have decided to start really small and I have a few ideas.  Since I ‘m a ‘Teen Wolf’ fan, I have been thinking about doing a landscape of the Hale House and the surrounding properties.  I will be doing a speed art, so you guys can see how it will turn out.

I’m going to try to do at least two posts a week so stay tuned!

I Have Come So Far

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So I’m going to try to do more art posts. I’m an artist, and I have been screaming about politics lately on my blog. But can you blame me? Seriously, Donald Trump and his cabinet of deporables are horrible. And see what I mean? I can’t stop talking about it. However, I’m actually coming up on first year anniversary or I might have already passed it. And I’m back to being super serious about Art. For a while, I had a lot of detours. I was all about the book covers because I dream of making booking covers.  Seriously, one day I hope that my book cover is on a library shelf one day.

However, I have been reading this awesome book by Austin Kleon called ‘Show Your Work’ and it has made me realized that I have made a lot of mistakes, but they are learnable mistakes. First off, I was so desperate to make it as a book cover designer that I forgot about the art. I love photo compositions and photo manipulations. I used to call myself a Graphic Designer, but to be honest my first love is photo manipulations. I have no interest in making brochures or fliers, I want to sell art. That’s where I shine the most. So I’m concencentrating on that.

I’m going to show my work more, promote my art more, get more involved with the artist’s community. I put my art on the back burner to my blogging to my own detriment. So I’m going to give it equal time. I am also going to take part of slowly building my audience.

I also decided to be inspired by traditional and digital art alike. To go back to basics, and to study art in all of it’s forms as inspiration. Art has brought me out of my rut and made challenge myself.  I also have a notebook listing all the things I want to learn about, and all the stuff I don’t know. I used to do that in the beginning, but I stopped doing it and I have to bring it back.

I also stopped learning. I was stupid enough to think that I knew everything up to a point. That I didn’t need to know anything else and that stifled me. So I’m going to learn something new every day. Honestly, I’m going to be a better artist.  I’m just going to stop taking my art for granted, learn to use the stuff around me as an advantage and not a deterrent, and just be better about the art all around. I have come a long way, those early works make me cringe right now, but I have come to realized that I have a long way to go and that is perfectly fine.


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